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 1)  Georgia Retired Military Income Tax Exemption

 2)  Covid-19 Information 

 3)  TOGETHER AGAIN

 

  • Slide 13 of 51: > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 265 per 100,000 people -- 9th lowest (total: 4,645) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 5 per 100,000 people -- 7th lowest (total: 90) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 80,060 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 - June 24: 31.2% -- 4th biggest increase (from 3,540 to 4,645) > Est. peak date: 3/25/2020 (est. 301 active infections) > Population: 1,754,208 Idaho is in phase 4 of reopening. As of June 13, gatherings of more than 50 people will be allowed where social distancing can be practiced. Nonessential travel is permitted to locations without ongoing transmission of the virus. Bars and movie theaters can reopen if they meet safety protocols, and nightclubs and large venues can open with limited standing-room capacity. Restaurants can allow more than six people at one table. Employees can return to offices if they practice social distancing. The state still encourages face mask use and maintaining 6 feet of distance from others in public. Phase 4 is scheduled to end on June 26, after which the state is supposed to enter the Idaho Rebounds Plan. It's unclear if this will happen due to an increase in coronavirus infections. ALSO READ: 30 Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the PandemicSlide 51 of 51: > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 222 per 100,000 people -- 7th lowest (total: 1,282) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 3 per 100,000 people -- 4th lowest (total: 20) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 40,154 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 - June 24: 17.7% -- 14th biggest increase (from 1,089 to 1,282) > Est. peak date: 5/6/2020 (est. 94 active infections) > Population: 577,737 Outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people have been allowed since June 1, but people must practice social distancing. Indoor gatherings of up to 250 people are now allowed as well. Schools, community colleges, the University of Wyoming and other educational institutions can resume in-person instruction, but fitness classes cannot be of no more than 50 people. Child care facilities resumed normal operations with unlimited class sizes on June 15. Fitness class limit is now 50 people. Personal care services no longer have to operate by appointment only. Long-term care facilities can now resume outdoor, in-person visitation under specific health guidelines. ALSO READ: States Where the Virus Is Growing the Fastest Right Now

 

1)  Georgia Tax Exemption Info

NOTE: A Coaliton of One of Veterans Service Organizations is in the preliminary stages of formulating.  Info to follow as available. If successful, this will provide a larger "voice" of Georgia Veterans on various military legislative issues!

Tax Update: The Status of 5 Key States

By: Amanda Dolasinski

JULY 28, 2020

READ Georgia MOAA President COL Paul Wingo USA (Ret) interview below!

Is your state still fully taxing retirement pay? MOAA National serves in an advisory capacity for state-specific issues such as income tax exemption. Please contact your local MOAA council as state legislation must originate at the state level.

Advocates in two states have pledged to keep pushing to exempt military retiree pay from state income tax after the COVID-19 pandemic halted efforts.

Proposed legislation in Vermont, where military retiree pay is fully taxed at the state level, would have provided a full tax exemption. In Georgia, a lawmaker proposed a bill that would offer a phased-in exemption.

[NEWLY UPDATED: MOAA’s Military State Report Card and Tax Guide]

Legislation on exemptions in both states stalled when lawmakers ended sessions early to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

In Vermont, state Rep. Daniel Noyes was able to get legislation for an exemption introduced by pegging it as an economic development strategy.

Noyes said the exemption, although decreasing state revenue, likely would have an overall benefit for the state because it would attract people who will spend money. It will also shore up the state’s aging workforce, which has been a challenged to fill emergency responder and firefighter jobs.

“Veterans are skilled workers who typically look for other employment opportunities after the military,” Noyes said. “This cohort of individuals coming out of the military is the kind of people we’d love to see immigrate to Vermont.”

There are about 3,900 military retirees eligible for a pension in Vermont. The average pension in Vermont is about $22,300, and state income tax can take up to 4%.

Vermont is one of the few states that doesn’t have a tax break for military retiree pay. The proposed move from full taxation to full exemption would mirror actions taken by North Dakota, which made the change starting with the 2019 tax year.

Georgia Bill Update

Meanwhile in Georgia, lawmakers proposed two bills in an effort to give military retirees a tax break. The first, which may not be reintroduced, would grant a full, immediate exemption, while the second would phase in an exemption over 10 years.

State Sen. Zahra Karinshak sent a bill that would grant the full exemption, which was originally introduced in the 2019 legislative session, to the Department of Audit and Accounts for review. She has not said if she will refile the bill.

That bill could result in state revenue loss of $80.5 million to $131.5 million, with retroactive pay from Jan. 1, 2019, according to fiscal researchers.

In a similar bill, an exemption would be phased in by 10% starting at age 50 and increasing 10% until age 59, when retirees would receive 100% exemption.

Col. Paul Wingo, USA (Ret), President of MOAA’s Georgia Council of Chapters, said every MOAA chapter in the state has been actively pursuing lawmakers to approve the exemption. Coronavirus wrinkled their efforts, but they will keep going, he said.

“I have been reassured by my particular senator it will be reintroduced next year,” he said. “We’re confident it will still be on the table.”

Georgia is home to about 91,262 military retirees, according to a report. About 55% of those retirees were age 62 or older and already subject to a tax exclusion that is granted for all Georgia taxpayers in that age range.

Wingo said a plethora of Georgia’s jobs are near bordering states Alabama and Florida, which are appealing to veterans because of breaks on income tax. Offering an exemption on state income tax would entice more veterans to choose Georgia, he said. And, just like Vermont, Georgia is looking for educated, talented people to bolster its workforce, especially in classrooms, hospitals, and airports.

“All the states around us have exemptions, so we’re trying to convince (legislators),” Wingo said. “We know the revenue the state would normally receive would be overcome by the number of soldiers retiring that we can keep.”

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2) Georgia Corona Information:

UPDATED Nov. 23, 3 p.m.: The Department of Public Health’s coronavirus page now updates once a day at 3 p.m.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia according to the Department of Public Health. See details in the map below. See the DPH’s guide to their data for more information about definitions.

DEATHS: 8,644 | Deaths have been confirmed in all counties but one (Taliaferro). County is determined by the patient’s residence, when known, not by where they were treated.

CONFIRMED CASES: 406,220 Cases have been confirmed in every county.

» NEW DASHBOARD: The AJC's redesigned page of real-time charts tracking the virus

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3)  TOGETHER AGAIN - for Veterans Families!

 

                          TOGETHER AGAIN

Members of MOAA’s Old Capitol Area Chapter understand how difficult it can be with the separation that comes when the need arises for a loved one to enter into assisted care. We want to make it easier for family members of veterans to attend to their loved ones in their time of need. Often, that time comes when we are the least prepared for it. That is true whether the loved one is a resident of the Georgia War Veteran Home or is being cared for elsewhere.

The Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville serves the entire state meaning that it can be difficult to visit. To assist, the Old Capitol Area Chapter has stepped forward to establish TOGETHER AGAIN, offering comfort and facilitating lodging arrangements for family members in need. Inspired by Fisher House’s Hotels for Heroes program, working with other veterans’ organizations and the public, we are easing the financial burden on family members in gratitude for their service to country. As a Military Officers Association of America chapter, we recognize the effort we all share that comes with military service, whether it has been a single tour of duty or a career, whether it has been service through active duty, National Guard, or the Reserve components, or whether it has been as a Gold Star, Silver Star, or Blue Star family, all have served under the same flag, the stars and stripes of the United States of America. We are being blessed with organizations and agencies that have voluntarily stepped forward to say they want to contribute to bring veterans families TOGETHER AGAIN.

Community partners are helping by offering Milledgeville Milly Money for use with merchants throughout downtown, and by innkeeper offerings of discounted lodging for families while they visit residents of the Georgia War Veterans Home. Veterans also are a part of our program.

The Military Officers Association of America Foundation provided a grant to start up the program and see to its initial operation. The Old Capitol Area Chapter of MOAA is providing for the promotion, operation and maintenance of the program with the assistance of the statewide Georgia MOAA. Other veterans’ organizations have expressed an interest in supporting the program and are offering pledges. We would like to see the TOGETHER AGAIN initiative become a movement. The need most likely exists elsewhere to bring veterans in assisted living accommodations together with their families.

We hope that our program can serve as a model for community partnerships and veterans’ organization cooperation to provide a way to bring veterans and their families TOGETHER AGAIN. Please help us with donations, no matter the amount. Mail checks or cash to: NEVER STOP SERVINGOld Capitol Area Chapter Military Officers Association of America P. O. Box 1314, Milledgeville, Georgia 31059 Serving Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Laurens, Morgan, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington, & Wilkinson Counties TOGETHER AGAIN Members of MOAA’s Old Capitol Area Chapter understand how difficult it can be with the separation that comes when the need arises for a loved one to enter into assisted care. We want to make it easier for family members of veterans to attend to their loved ones in their time of need. Often, that time comes when we are the least prepared for it. That is true whether the loved one is a resident of the Georgia War Veteran Home or is being cared for elsewhere.

The Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville serves the entire state meaning that it can be difficult to visit. To assist, the Old Capitol Area Chapter has stepped forward to establish TOGETHER AGAIN, offering comfort and facilitating lodging arrangements for family members in need. Inspired by Fisher House’s Hotels for Heroes program, working with other veterans’ organizations and the public, we are easing the financial burden on family members in gratitude for their service to country. As a Military Officers Association of America chapter, we recognize the effort we all share that comes with military service, whether it has been a single tour of duty or a career, whether it has been service through active duty, National Guard, or the Reserve components, or whether it has been as a Gold Star, Silver Star, or Blue Star family, all have served under the same flag, the stars and stripes of the United States of America. We are being blessed with organizations and agencies that have voluntarily stepped forward to say they want to contribute to bring veterans families TOGETHER AGAIN.

Community partners are helping by offering Milledgeville Milly Money for use with merchants throughout downtown, and by innkeeper offerings of discounted lodging for families while they visit residents of the Georgia War Veterans Home. Veterans also are a part of our program. The Military Officers Association of America Foundation provided a grant to start up the program and see to its initial operation. The Old Capitol Area Chapter of MOAA is providing for the promotion, operation and maintenance of the program with the assistance of the statewide Georgia MOAA. Other veterans’ organizations have expressed an interest in supporting the program and are offering pledges. We would like to see the TOGETHER AGAIN initiative become a movement. The need most likely exists elsewhere to bring veterans in assisted living accommodations together with their families.

We hope that our program can serve as a model for community partnerships and veterans’ organization cooperation to provide a way to bring veterans and their families TOGETHER AGAIN. Please help us with donations, no matter the amount. Mail checks or cash to: 

Old Capitol Area Chapter Military Officers Association of America

P. O. Box 1314,

Milledgeville, Georgia 31059.

                                        NEVER STOP SERVING 

 

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